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Wrapping Bars :((4 posts)

Wrapping Bars :(toonces
Jan 1, 2003 1:19 AM
I have a pair of those aero bars which should be easy to wrap, but mine turned into junk. It seemed to start OK, but at the finish, the electrical tape bunched up since the transition from the taped bar to the untaped bar was so abrupt. I've done dozens of bars no problem in the past (years ago past) but I forget all the tricks. Plus, my bars have no brakes or shifters so I think that may make a difference. I taped pieces of housing to the bar where the groove is but I'm second guessing that decision. The tip of the bar didn't fare too well either; it doesn't seem that the plug will hold and I had to tape the edges of the tape into the hole in the end of the bar. I don't think that's how it's supposed to be done? Anyhow, you can tell I haven't done this in a long time. The stuff I found on the net helped get me started, but I'm lacking the details. This sounds too easy, but I need some tips. Thanks for the help.

PS: How do I get a weave pattern on the bars. I've only read a little bit on this and I know it's not a performance thing, but I'm putting this on a fixed street bike that is on the opposite end of performance :o)
A possible tip...plus link...biknben
Jan 1, 2003 7:08 AM
I'm not sure I understand why you're having trouble with the wrap. I always wrap the bars from inside to outside (thumb side to finger side). I start at the plug end and put a small amount of the tape inside the bar when I start. This should help to hold the end plug. If it's not holding the plug tight you could put another piece of bar tape inside the bar end to double it up. There are also plugs that have a screw and expand like a quill stem

Here's a link to the weave wrap.
http://www.rivendellbicycles.com/html/rr_handlebar.html
It has been mentioned here in the past. I attempted this a while ago and found it to be frustrating. I made it to the first bend and decided it wasn't worth it.
re: Wrapping Bars :(feathers mcgraw
Jan 1, 2003 8:45 AM
Try this:

http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/bartape.shtml

Leave the electrical tape completely on the cork tape. Cork tape is too thick to have the electrical tape transition to the bars. For additional security you can lay down double stick tape right where the wrap ends.
Where to buy extra Cinelli tape?8cht
Jan 2, 2003 2:19 PM
Anyone know where to buy more Cinelli tape? Mine is coming off and I want to put more down without buying extra cork. Thanks.